14 June, 2007

Mr. Wizard

Don Herbert, better known as Mr. Wizard, died on Tuesday. I have him to thank for my interest in science and the world in general, as do many other people who grew up watching his show on Nickelodeon. He was on NBC in an earlier incarnation of the show in the 60's, but I remember him as the understated and likeable old man on the unadorned show which introduced me the wonders of the natural world, and the everyday miracles that are found in everyday science. 
We need more people like Mr. Wizard to inspire wonder in science, instead of silly religious superstitions and the idolatry of ignorance. Wired.com has a short email interview with Mr. Herbert here.

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